I asked a question recently, based on a comment from a user who commented on certain unpleasant attitudes that usually occur on websites. He used a character from literature as a reference to expose what he was feeling about these occurrences. How is this type of reference defined?
This is the text:
There are a few people who frequent the Mathematica.SE site for the purpose of soliciting extensive free program development and/or debugging services. I think of such people as Tom Sawyers, and they really bug me. So I ask: can more be done to discourage such people?
What I'm thinking of is making a new reason available as a choice for closing a post, This would appear in the pop-up window from which someone voting to close picks their reason for doing so. I propose this because I don't think any of currently available reasons quite fit this kind post. I also suggest the following wording for the item.
It appears that the only purpose of this question is to solicit extensive free software development and/or debugging services. Providing such extensive services is not compatible with the goals of this site.
Is this a good idea? If there is another, better route that could pursued to suppress Tom Sawyers, please bring it up.
I mean the fact of knowing the attitudes of the character and transforming it into a type of adjective.